Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. As of March 13, 2020, Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public. Most offices are still running and will communicate by phone, email, or mail. Some offices have drop boxes installed outside, so documents can still be hand-delivered. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response. To find your local PHA's contact info, browse by state here.

An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

Section 8 Waiting Lists in Pennsylvania

As of July 8th 2020, there are 26 Section 8 waiting lists that are open now, opening soon, or always open in Pennsylvania.

Section 8 Waiting Lists Open Now

There are currently 1 Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting Lists that are open now and will be closing soon.

Waiting List Status
York County, PA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Open until December 30th, 2020 at 12:00pm

Section 8 Waiting Lists Open Until Further Notice

There are 25 Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting Lists in Pennsylvania that are either always open or that have not announced a closing date.

There are 90 housing authorities in Pennsylvania which offer the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. For more on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program visit the Housing Choice Voucher section of our Low Income Housing Renter's Guide.

Closed Section 8 Waiting Lists

The following waiting lists have been confirmed to be closed in the last two years.

Waiting List Closed Date
Cambria County, PA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on March 20th, 2020
Clearfield County, PA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on March 6th, 2020
Beaver County, PA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on November 22nd, 2019
Lackawanna County, PA Section 8 HCV, Section 8 PBV, and Public Housing Waiting Lists Closed on October 21st, 2019
McKeesport, PA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on September 30th, 2019
Harrisburg, PA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on July 30th, 2019
Reading, PA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on July 30th, 2019
Montgomery County, PA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on June 12th, 2019
Franklin County, Pennsylvania Mainstream Closed on April 15th, 2019
Shamokin, Pennsylvania Closed on March 14th, 2019
Chester, PA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on February 4th, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on December 24th, 2018
Berks County, Pennsylvania Closed on July 31st, 2018
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on April 18th, 2018
Allentown, Pennsylvania Closed on February 8th, 2018